Monthly Archives: April 2015

Free bus to Party in the Car Park

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Medway Activities is going to Party in the Car Park, the Kent Union summer ball! This year is a once in a lifetime 50th anniversary special not to be missed.

Medway Activities will be running free transport from Liberty Quays to the Canterbury campus available to Kent and Greenwich students registered with Medway Activities.

Tickets will be available to purchase for £40 from The Party in the Car Park website.

To register for free with Medway Activities or to book your seat email (Medway students only).

Students travelling with us will benefit from queue-jump.

Transport will leave Liberty Quays at 7pm and leave Canterbury at 02.30am meaning you don’t miss any of the action on the night.



Steps leading from Tyler Court to St Stephen’s Hill

From Monday 13 April until Friday 8 May, the steps leading from Tyler Court to St Stephen’s Hill will be closed due to essential maintenance works.

During this time signage will be in place directing pedestrians via an alternative route.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

If there are any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on:

Acousmatic Transcendence: A Feast of Diffusion

Acousmatic Transcendence: A Feast of Diffusion is a series of events taking place in three consecutive days (14-16 May 2015) comprising spatial sound workshops and concerts. The events bring together two sound diffusion systems (from the University of Kent and Vienna) that amount to 65 loudspeakers.

The project Acousmatic Transcendence aims to develop alternative sound diffusion setups and to firmly establish the relation between the two sound systems: MAAST (Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre; from the University of Kent) and EAP Acousmonium (from Vienna). Combinations of systems are extremely rare and have not been deliberately done to see the implications of such mixtures; software and hardware synergies will bring interesting starting points for exploitation of the systems and spatial exploration. The MAAST/Acousmonium combination system will take full advantage of the spatial acoustics of the Slip 3 Mezzanine at Chatham Historic Dockyard, and will choreograph the sounds in the architectural space, making the actual building an integral part of the performed works. There is a strong emphasis on the use of technology and the acousmatic experience, i.e. listening without necessarily seeing an originating source or cause of sounds.

Aki Pasoulas, Director of MAAST (Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre)
Thomas Gorbach, Director of The Acousmatic Project V

University brings major international conference to London

Professor Jiangzhou Wang of the Communications Research Group in the School of Engineering and Digital Arts has been leading the organization of the 2015 International Conference on Communications (ICC) which takes place in London, from 8th to 12th June.  ICC is one of the flagship conferences of the Communications Society, one of the largest societies in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the largest professional technical association in the world.  The London edition of this important conference, features an extensive programme of events for academic researchers and industry attendees.  It is expected that well over 2,000 people will attend.

The technical programme has been led by Dr Nathan Gomes, who is one of the two Technical Program Chairs, and it attracted record numbers of paper submissions (over 3,300), with some 1,280 papers being accepted.  Workshops attracted a further approx. 1,250 paper submissions, of which nearly 500 will be presented.  Nathan says “We believe that we have the busiest and most vibrant programme ever put together for a Communications Society conference.  Not only are we expecting record numbers of papers to be presented and record numbers of attendees, but there are excellent industry panel sessions, and a new Chief Technology Officers forum, which are sure to generate incredible interest”.

Dr Huiling Zhu, also of the Communications Research Group, and Dr Cyril Isenberg have been heavily involved in the local organisation.  “We have a fabulous venue for the conference banquet”, says Huiling, “the Pavilion in the Moat at the Tower of London, being greeted by Beefeaters, and being given a short tour of the Tower – this will undoubtedly please our international guests!”

ICC 2015 is being held in the International Conference Centre at ExCeL:

View the Kent Student Awards shortlist

This year the Kent Student Awards judges had the hard job of choosing the shortlist from over 200 amazing Kent student nominations. 

View the 2015 Kent Student Awards shortlist.

The Kent Student Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding extracurricular contribution students make to the Kent student experience.

Winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner on Friday 8 May. The winning students will receive cash prizes, official recognition from the University and unique opportunities to gain new experiences as students and alumni.

Nepal Earthquake Collection

After the devastating earthquake which hit Nepal on Saturday, it has been suggested that many of you would like to contribute to a collection for those affected.

The money raised for this collection will be sent to the Red Cross Appeal.

If you would like to donate, please pass your donation to Tanglewood Reception by Friday 8 May 2015.

Cornwallis Maths – Thursday 30 April

On Thursday 30th April 2015 the hot water in Cornwallis Maths will be turned off from 12 noon until 18.00 on 1st May 2015, to enable essential maintenance work to be carried out.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If there are any queries please contact the Estates Helpdesk on Extension 3209.

Bitesize beginners’ classes in French and Spanish May 2015


Language Express Bitesize courses give you a chance to learn French or Spanish in a short five-week beginners’ course starting May 12 (French) May 19 (Spanish

For further information on dates and fees and to find out how to apply please visit or email:

Free English classes

The Centre for English and World Languages (CEWL) is offering two hours of free English classes in Keynes College for non-native speakers of English every weekday from Monday 15 June to Thursday 9 July 2015 from 13.45 to 15.55.

You will receive a certificate of attendance or 20 employability points for attending more than 75% of the classes.

To confirm your place at the classes, please email

Speaker from the Royal Society, workshops and more at Medway event on 7th May

The University received an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in April 2014, the School of Mathematics, Statistic & Actuarial Science collected their Bronze award in November, and we’ve just learnt that five Sciences Schools have achieved awards. The initiative aims to advance the representation of women in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM). By perusing this agenda, we aim to create the best working environment for all staff.

A programme is available and we invite you to join us in the Rochester Boardroom at 09:30. The event will run until 12:45 and includes lunch.

We can confirm that Lenna Cumberbatch, Diversity Manager at the Royal Society, will give the keynote address. A panel discussion, led by the Dean, Professor Mark Burchell, will give participants the chance to discuss the initiative and find out what we’re doing here at Kent.

There will also be workshop sessions on Promotion and Career Planning for Early Career Researchers (and those wondering what their next step should be).

To find out more, and register for the event, go to the Athena SWAN website.